May 04, 2014 18:35

Andreikin's Attack Too Much for Le Quang Liem in Death Match 24

What went right for World Blitz Champion GM Le Quang Liem in the first two hours of Death Match 24 Saturday? The first game. That's it. GM Dmitry Andreikin dropped the opener then pitched a shutout for the next 18 games, and eventually held off a late charge to win 18-11.

In the highest-rated Death Match in history (2716), former World Champion Candidate Andreikin chose to sacrifice pieces where possible, throw his pawn down the h-file, and generally keep the initiative against Le Quang. "Dmitry's style is very aggressive, he loves to attack a lot," TV co-host GM Georg Meier said.

GM Dmitry Andreikin, winner of Death Match 24 and $750

Andreikin played 1. e4 in game 1, and after a French Defense he lost a knight versus bishop ending. He ditched king pawn openings and after that it was mostly the Trompowsky, or close variations. The bishop always landed on g5, sometimes no matter what Black did, including the Levitsky Attack (1. d4 d5 2. Bg5), which Andreikin employed several times.

From games 2-19, Le Quang didn't win a single game, while Andreikin tallied 11 wins and seven draws. According to co-host IM Danny Rensch, who has commentated on most of the 24 Death Matches, this is the longest streak between wins of any player. The drought lasted more than two hours until Le Quang finally got a win in the second game of the bullet portion.

Game 3 showed how a small weakness in the king's position could lead to a quick disaster. It also featured a rare counter-check on move 21.

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In the next game, Andreikin played the King's Indian Defense, whereupon Le Quang blundered a piece. "It looks like he's been taken out of his comfort zone," Rensch said, adding that Le Quang would like to nurse a small advantage, not get into a complicated, imbalanced position.

GM Le Quang Liem lost and earned $250

Andreikin didn't let up, and won his third straight in game 5. His bishop again landed on g5 early, but that wasn't Black's biggest problem. Eventually a knight dropped there, initiating an attack that couldn't be defended in blitz. The game encapsulated the match - pressure trumped soundness, and proved too mighty.

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Game 6 eviscerated any confidence Le Quang might still have had. Up a piece, he hung a simple mate to give Andreikin a fourth win in a row. The 5+1 segment ended 7-2 for the Russian.

The 3+1 was no better for the Vietnamese top player. Andreikin won five, and with four draws, the score there was also 7-2.

Andreikin showed he was not willing to let his foot off the gas. In game 11, he offered another piece and avoided any possible perpetual with his queen. Instead, 31...g4 set up the pretty 33...Rxf3+, ending matters.

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"I don't think the computer would agree with a lot of Dmitry's moves," Rensch said. No one could doubt they were working though. "This is just a landslide."

A few games later, a carbon-copy. Andreikin again sacked a piece and eschewed the perpetual that the commentators expected. 33. f4! broke the back of Black's defense. The queen cannot simultaneously defend mates on e7 and g7.

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Andreikin entered the bullet portion ahead 14-4, and the match was essentially already out of reach. "This might be the most shocking result we've ever had in a Death Match," Rensch speculated. He also guessed that this Death Match may have been clinched earlier than any other.

Using the one-second increment, the opening game of bullet had both players at or above one minute after 20 moves! Le Quang made the score more respectable in the closing section. Playing mostly double-fianchetto systems as White, he won 7-4.

Le Quang won 2.5 of the first three, and three of the last four to end the match. Andreikin still showed his willingness to grab the intiative early, playing systems as White such as 1. d4 g6 2. h4! three times.

Le Quang's best game came in round 27. Although it looked at first like Andreikin's outpost on g3 would lead to yet another kingside attack, it never materialized and White got too many passed pawns in the endgame.

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After the match, Le Quang said that he missed chances in several games. "[Andreikin is] very complicated and he sacrificed pieces. I was sure I was winning in three or four games but something happened and I blundered."

Even though the World Blitz Championship is 30 games over two days, Le Quang said that the Death Match offered something unique. "I've never played three hours non-stop before," he said. "I felt I'm not playing very well today."

Andreikin was not available for an interview before or after the match.

"Hats off to the Russian superstar for playing like an absolute stud," Rensch said of the resounding result. Meier, who is Le Quang's teammate at Webster University, added, "To make Liem look so bad required great play."

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Anonymous's picture

great article, fantastic games by Andreikin !

Tolulope Ogunwobi's picture

Nice writing, Klein.

Anonymous's picture

"GM Le Quang Liem lost and earned $250"

So he had a net gain of $0?

Really sloppy article writing.

Anonymous's picture

get out of here Troll !

RG13's picture

Perhaps it would have been more correct to say 'GM Le Quang Liem lost the match but earned $250. for his efforts.'

Would you have understood that better? Everyone else understood it the way it was written because the context made it clear enough.

TMM's picture

"ChessVibes is now a part of We are committed to the same in-depth *independent* news and event coverage, now shared with millions of players."

Perhaps you should reconsider the "independent"-part, with all these ads disguised as "news" articles. If ChessVibes really considers itself independent and finds such matches newsworthy, then it should also cover similar events at PlayChess, ICC etc. and not just

RG13's picture

'Independent' means that they make their own decisions, it does not mean stupidly promoting competitors.

Anonymous's picture

I can't wait till a new post about Carlsen's latest youtube video!!

Anonymous's picture

that's a lame point TMM, chessbase wouldn't do the same either. anyway stop crying and enjoy the free blitz chess you are getting, its entertaining and only a troll wouldn't appreciate it

TMM's picture

I don't see the ChessBase News website claiming they are "independent" from ChessBase. ChessVibes however *does* make the claim they are still the same independent news website they were in the past. But now they are not only promoting, they are dressing it up like it is objective news, instead of admitting it's just plain advertising... They had to choose between independence and money and they chose the money.

RG13's picture

I would choose the money too. Wouldn't you? Fischer probably wouldn't but he was crazy about things like that.

AngeloPardi's picture

Fischer used to chose both money and independence.

Thomas Richter's picture

Such stories which now also appear at Chessvibes (and which I largely ignore, as I don't consider it serious chess and don't like the writing style - but that's up to anyone) are obviously a consequence of "Chessvibes is now a part of". But other news coverage still exists, and is largely the same as before the merger or fusion or however it should be referred to.

I wonder a bit what 'dependent' chess news coverage would be - there's obviously dependent political news coverage 'sponsored' by and giving the opinions of governments or political parties, but for chess that's comparatively rare: tournament homepages (incidental news coverage as they don't report on other events) and those by FIDE and national federations. Chessvibes' coverage of Reykjavik Open doesn't seem to be independent but sponsored by the organizers (Peter correct me if I am wrong) - but that's incidental, and an acceptable prize to 'pay' for getting everything here for free.

Peter Doggers's picture

The live show was sponsored, the reporting wasn't and will never be.

Thomas Richter's picture

OK, but it is still a tricky or at least unusual situation: if you are employed/paid by the organizers during the rounds, it might (subconsciously) compromise your independence before the event and between the rounds when you write reports. I have the impression that the coverage of Reykjavik was more detailed (including previews) and more positive/enthusiastic compared to other events - the latter may well be your genuine impression/opinion.

By no means a scandal, I just tried to figure out when chess coverage might not be (all) independent. Would you agree that your relationship with the Reykjavik Open is different from the one with comparable events - Gibraltar and, while it lasted, Aeroflot? I hope you noticed that I defended Chessvibes in the other part of my post.

Anonymous's picture

more and more tired of your posts THOMAS RICHTER ! You are not only frustrated, you are full of hate !!! really tired to have you around this site ...

Being critic and being negative AND insulting are three different things.

take some good medicine before typing

RS's picture


Chessvibes is a part of and publishes its reports. I do not see any issue with it not sure why is this disliked by commenters here. Chess can be serious or coffee table type it still is chess and can be reported if a site feel it is worth the effort for whatever reason.

Also independent reporting is something subjective at best. Any associated media will prefer not putting out negative news or related content about each other. Why anyone bite the hand that feeds it?

This would have been a real debatable issue if was engaged in certain controversial reporting/activities that was not publishing. As long as this is not happening no issue with what puts out.


Thomas Richter's picture

Not sure why this comment is directed at me rather than TMM - I don't mind such stories appearing at Chessvibes. To me they have little "added value", in other words: IMO Chessvibes didn't become better after being part of, but it didn't become worse either - there have always been some stories I like, some which I don't like as much, and some that I generally skip.

My comments about Reykjavik Open refer to well before the merger - it's generally OK to have a special relationship with one event, but it must also be OK to point out that there seems to be a special relationship.

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I enjoy good satire.

Viking's picture

It is interesting that Andreikin played Bg5 in many games says the commentator.
The famous blitz specialist Chepukaitis from the Soviet days used to favour this Trompovsky type strategy as white in blitz. You can read about Chepukaitis in Sosonko's book Smart Chip From Saint Petersburg

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Roberto's picture

Andreikin really surprised me with so agressive games!

Looking at the candidates his play seemed shy, a little passive.

But here he showed nice attacks!

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